Grading Procedure and Scale
|There are 930 possible points for this course.
|5 Essay Assignments @ 100 points each
|At-Home Midterm Exam (non-proctored)
|At-Home Final Project
Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:
|837 - 930 points
||A (90% - 100%)
|744 - 836 points
||B (80% - 89%)
|651 - 743 points
||C (70% - 79%)
|558 - 650 points
||D (60% - 69%)
|0 - 557 points
||F (0% - 59%)
The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.
The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no “point adjustments” made for such things as “class participation” or other subjective factors.
There is no extra credit available for this course.
Final Grade Options
- Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - Awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
- Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.
Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
- Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Deadline for Student to Withdraw with Guaranteed Grade of W” indicated in the college catalog.
Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting my.maricopa.edu or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.
- Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
To receive Credit "P" grade, students must complete all course work, including exams, and attend all required meetings. A "P" grade is judged to be equivalent to a grade of "C" or higher. A No-Credit "Z" grade will be awarded for course work judged to be below the grade of "C."
It is the student's responsibility to request advisement at (480) 517-8580 concerning the transferability of a grade of "P" or "Z."
You have a set number of days from your start date to request to change your grade option. See the table below to determine deadline based upon the length of your course
For example in a 14-week course you will have until the 11th calendar day to request to change your grade option.
Deadline to Request
1st Day of Class
2nd Calendar Day
3rd Calendar Day
4th Calendar Day
5th Calendar Day
5th Calendar Day
6th Calendar Day
7th Calendar Day
8th Calendar Day
9th Calendar Day
10th Calendar Day
10th Calendar Day
11th Calendar Day
12th Calendar Day
Within 14 days including the first class period
You may request to change your grade option yourself by calling Course Support at (480) 517-8243 by the deadline as outlined above.
There is an At-Home Midterm Exam for this course. The At-Home Midterm is due at the end of Week 5. The exam consists of one essay question that is specific to the course option (Survey or Business Plan) that you have chosen. The question is comprehensive and covers material contained in Lessons 1-5. Please review the “Grading Procedure and Scale” portion of your syllabus for points and also review the grading matrix in your syllabus for details about how the essay will be graded. Read the directions for your essay carefully and be sure that you address all required components of the assignment in detail before you submit it to your instructor.
Note: There are no in-person examinations for this course.
Hints for Success
- Homework Labeling: Clearly label EVERY PAGE of your homework with your name, the course number, section number, your instructor’s name, and the homework’s name as it appears in the syllabus. Preferably, this labeling will occur in the top right-hand corner of each page. Make and keep copies of all your submissions.
- Carefully review the feedback and notes that your instructor provides on your assignments. This information will help you as you prepare future assignments. If you have any questions about the feedback or if you do not understand what the instructor is looking for, don’t hesitate to contact him or her.
- Feedback Schedule: Student homework and exams are routed to your instructor on a weekly basis. This completed work is also sent back to you with instructor feedback on a weekly basis.
Copyrights and Acknowledgements
The following items are copyrighted and have been reproduced in this course through special permission granted by the rights holders, with all rights reserved. If permission has not yet been received, items are made available under the Fair Use Statute, Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976. The material is made available solely for the use of registered students in this class and may not be further distributed to any person outside the class, whether by copying or by transmission in electronic or paper form.
Adams, Susan. “Mixed Motives.” Forbes 185.6 (April 2010): 44. ©2010. Used with permission.
Bellingham, Matt and Nick Jones.“Differentiation the Key to Success in the Post-Recession World.” NZ Business 24.1 (Feb 2010): 44-45. ©2010. Used with permission.
Benson, Leslie. “The Thin Red Line: Questioning Alleged Trade Dress Infringement.” Global Cosmetic Industry 176.11 (Nov 2008): 8-9. ©2008. Used with permission.
Moore, Patricia. “A Place to do Business.” NZ Business 21.9 (Oct 2007): 40-43. ©2007. Used with permission.
Partridge, Mark. “Copyrights and Wrongs.” HR Magazine 52.11 (Nov 2008): 101-104. . ©2008. Used with permission.
Perman, Stacy. “From Garbage to Gold.” Business Week Online (8/18/06): 12. ©2006. Used with permission.
“Questions to Consider in Assessing Company Culture.” HR Focus 82.10 (Oct 2008): 7. ©2008. Used with permission.
“Stay in Control.” Wearables Business 12.5 (June 2008): 24. ©2008. Used with permission.
Steyn, Waldo. “Dispute Looms over Apple Trademark.” Managing Intellectual Property 179 (May 2007): 165. ©2007. Used with permission.
Wilson, Marianne. “ADA Myths Remain.” Chain Store Age 82.1 (Jan 2006): 104. ©2006. Used with permission.
All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section.
Note to students: Keep a copy of everything that you submit. That way if your work is lost you can submit your copy for grading. If you don’t receive your graded assignment or quiz results within two or three weeks after submitting it, please contact your instructor.
The due date listed in your course calendar is the last date on which an assignment can be delivered to the Course Support Office, or postmarked.
Distance Learning Drop Box
Distance Learning students can now drop off class assignments (in an appropriately addressed envelope) and return library books, videotapes and/or cassettes at the Distance Learning Drop Box.
The Drop Box is conveniently located along the curb in front of the Rio Salado building at 2323 W. 14th Street in Tempe.
All mailed assignments must be properly addressed and mailed with adequate postage. Please remember all correspondence to Rio Salado College must have a return address, an addressee, and the correct postage. The U.S. Postal Service may refuse delivery if any of these three are missing. All items placed in the Rio drop box must have a return address and an addressee. Please keep a copy of all work turned in to your instructor. Assignments will not be accepted if postage is due. If you are unsure of the postage required, take the item to the post office and have it weighed.
Include the course section number and assignment identifier on the envelope below your name and return address. Envelopes that are labeled incorrectly can cause a delay in processing your work. Address your envelope as shown in this example:
Your Name: Jane Q. Doe
Your Address: 1234 Anywhere Street, Anytown, AZ
Course and Section Numbers: GPH111, Section ______
Assignment Identifier: Essay 1
The Course Support Office Rio Salado College
P. O. Box 63310
Phoenix, AZ 85082-3310
Attn: (Write your instructor’s name here)
Your section number can be found in your "Welcome Letter".
The Course Support staff cannot answer questions about the receipt of specific mail-in assignments. Only your instructor can do so.
Note to students: Please submit only one assignment in each envelope. The special envelopes provided to you by Rio Salado are only for computer answer sheets. Please mail all other assignments in separate envelopes.
Note to students: The U.S. Post Office no longer offers Sunday or holiday mail posting, and pick-up does not automatically mean that your envelope will be posted the same day. To be safe, allow extra time: mail early.
Assignments may be faxed to (480) 377-4728 for print and mixed media courses. Your name, your instructor's name, and the course name and section numbers must appear at the top of every page. When the Course Support Office receives assignments, they are sent to your instructor for evaluation. Once your instructor has graded your assignment, he or she will return it to you.
Protect your hard work. Again, clearly label every page of your assignment with your name, the course and section numbers, your instructors name, and the name of the assignment as it appears in the syllabus.
Course Completion Policy
A student who registers for a Print or Multimedia course is assigned a start date and an end date. It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.
Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.
Please Note: It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.
The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning. Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. You can access all library services at www.riosalado.edu/library.
Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.
Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials. Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.
We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy at http://www.maricopa.edu/publicstewardship/governance/adminregs/students/2_3.php (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.
Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.
The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.
Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.
Requirement for Active Class Participation
Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.
If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.
Change of Address
Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 1-800-729-1197 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.
If you have a documented disability, including a learning disability, and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please contact the Rio Salado Disabilities Resources and Services Office at (480) 517-8562 or email@example.com.
Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.
Student Solution Center
Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage, www.riosalado.edu/current/StudentSolutionCenter/Pages/default.aspx
, as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution to all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process at chancellor.maricopa.edu/public-stewardship/governance/administrative-regulations/appendices/students/s-6-instructional-grievance-process
, as published in the college catalog. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Students may also contact their state regulatory agency (www.riosalado.edu/about/research-planning/state-authorization/Pages/Agency.aspx
); the Arizona SARA Council at azsara.arizona.edu
or by email at email@example.com
; and/or the Higher Learning Commission by telephone at 1-800-621-7440, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
to escalate their concerns.
Contact Rio Salado College
Advisement 480-517-8580, Fax: 480-377-4899
Bookstore 480-517-8710 or 1-800-584-8775 Fax: 480-517-8356
The RSC Bookstore does not accept credit cards over the phone. If you want to purchase textbooks with a credit card, including a Citi Prepaid Visa Card, you must either order your books online (www.riosalado.edu/bookstore) or visit the store in person. The bookstore is located in the Conference Center at 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281. (Major cross streets are Broadway and Priest).
You may also purchase textbooks using the online ordering system.
Cashier's Office 480-517-8334, 480-517-8330, Fax: 480-517-83594
College Safety 480-377-4555 (www.riosalado.edu/about/news-resources/Pages/Safety.aspx)
Computer Labs 480-517-8450
Information about Rio Salado College computer labs located throughout the valley. The computer labs are open to registered students and have a variety of software available. Computer courses can also be taken from your home or office if you have the appropriate hardware and software. Some RSC locations have either Knowledge Commons or staff-supported and monitored Computer Labs.
Counseling for personal concerns that are interfering with your academic success, scholarship information, career planning, job hunting skills, and information or referrals to community services.
Course Support 480-517-8243
Course Support produces and distributes introductory materials such as welcome letters and instruction on how to access their courses to distance learning students and faculty.
Dental Hygiene 480-517-8020 (www.riosalado.edu/programs/dental_hygiene)
The facility is located at 2250 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.
Disability Resources & Services 480-517-8562
Provides support and services to students with documented disabilities.
Financial Aid Toll-Free: 1-855-622-2332 Fax: 480-377-4702
Grants and scholarships are available to assist eligible students with college expenses. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must meet application criteria and select a program of study. Applying for financial aid will take at least eight weeks, so begin early!
Honors 480-517-8656 (www.riosalado.edu/honors)
Includes the President's Honor Roll, Phi Theta Kappa, and Honors Program classes with award stipends for eligible students.
Instructional Helpdesk 480-517-8380, Toll Free 1-866-511-8380
Available to answer questions about your course, help you contact your instructor or your faculty chair, provide Successful Start information, and to help you work through instructional issues that may arise during your course.
Library Services 480-517-8424, Toll Free 1-800-729-1197, Fax 480-517-8449
Library books, DVDs, online databases of magazine and newspaper articles, online encyclopedias, image collections, e-books, reference assistance (phone, in-person, or e-mail).
Registration & Transcripts 480-517-8540, Toll Free 1-800-729-1197, Fax 480-517-8199
Public Safety 480-377-4555
Student Enrollment Services/Student Affairs) 480-517-8540
Ask for a Student Enrollment Representative to assist with general college information, registration and records information, tuition and fee payment information, transcript requests, pre-requisite approvals, basic course selection, or waivers.
Ask for a Student Enrollment Advisor for assistance with: educational goals and objectives, transcript evaluation, disability services and resources, advisement issues, scholarship and financial aid options, program and admissions information.
Sun Sounds 480-517-8300
Technology Helpdesk 480-517-8600
Available to help you work through any technological barriers that may come up during your "Online Experience."
Testing 480-517-8560 or Toll Free 1-866-517-8560
Distance learning midterm/final exams; testing sites, directions, business hours and schedules; exam proctoring for out-of-county students; disability services; placement testing; GED; prior learning assessment; national exams: CLEP, DANTES; degree specific exams.
Testing Information (recorded), 480-517-8558
Tutoring Services 480-517-8247
Tutors help Rio Salado Community College students prepare for tests, learn new concepts, improve study techniques, and answer questions about assignments.
Veteran Affairs 480-517-8153